Thursday, 26 January 2017

Craftsy SALE News! Hundreds of Classes under $20

Heads up! :)
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Sale ends Jan. 29th, 2017
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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Pink Hearts Valentine Twin Sized Bed Quilt Finish

Yesterday was a day for getting quilts finished! This was my second finish of the day. I quilted it all in one day which was at times painful on the body but I took breaks and I got it done. :)

This twin bed quilt is available to purchase on my website and on Etsy

I looked at Cluck Cluck Sew's heart quilt tutorial before I started. Allison's is a great way for using up small scraps. I wanted to use up fat quarters so I came up with my own measurements to suit my purposes. She also has another tutorial here. Mine are 9.5" x 10" blocks so slightly different but a similar look.

The weather is a bit gloomy here lately so these photos are not so bright but the hearts really pop!

Here is how the quilt looks on a twin bed.

I got my backing fabric from Studio 39 Fabrics. This is "Petite Henna Garden" and she has it on sale here for $10.00 (Canadian) a metre.

I machine bound the quilt with Bonnie & Camille Strawberries.

The Pink Hearts quilt was free motion quilted on a domestic Juki machine without rulers or templates (so the quilted hearts are not perfectly symmetrical). There are concentric hearts in the hearts in pink thread and all over stippling in the Kona Snow background (also bought from Studio 39 Fabrics) in a matching cream thread.

Thank you for stopping by to see my Valentine quilt today.

Teal Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart Quilt

A Finished Custom Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart Quilt

I finished this custom quilt for a customer yesterday. She chose the colours and I love them! I wrote back to her and said that these are my favourite colours and that I had lots of fabrics on hand so I could start her quilt right away. This quilt will be a Valentine's Day gift.

This quilt is a lap quilt at 47.5 x 51.5 inches. I offer listings to order them on my website and Etsy. The deadline to order for guaranteed Valentine's Day shipping is January 29th but I will offer these quilts year-round. Larger sizes can certainly be discussed.

The pattern to make your own Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart quilt can be found for $10.00 Canadian (about $7.00 US) on my website, Etsy and Craftsy. European Union buyers please use Etsy as they handle the VAT tax for us.

You can read more about this quilt and see another colour version in this post.

The weather was a bit gloomy yesterday as it was a grey foggy day but I think these photos turned out fairly well. The quilt really shows up against the all white/grey background.

 I've had a black and teal batik in my stash for years waiting for the perfect project and this was it!

I stopped in at my local quilt shop Creative Klutter on Thursday and they had the perfect fabric for the backing! I was thrilled with this find.

I machine bound the quilt with a solid aqua fabric. I am so happy with this finish! Thank you for stopping by today to see it.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Calling all Quilt and Sewing Bloggers! Want to Be in a Blog Hop?

Hello! I am popping in today to share news of a new blog hop series starting up this year hosted by the fabulous (and very nice and kind) Jen of Faith and Fabric! This is an open call to any quilt and sewing bloggers interested in participating. Please visit Jen's Post at this link to find out more.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

A New Daydreams of Quilts Website

Daydreams of Quilts is very pleased to announce that we have a new website!

This new site is a Shopify site. For the time being the blog will be staying right here on Blogger and is linked up with the Daydreams of Quilts dot com site. The Etsy shop will remain as well so if you prefer to shop on Etsy that is certainly still an option.

Our newest listing is this Paper Hearts Garland punch cut from the pages of old books. (Before the book lovers become uncomfortable let me say that I too am a book lover and these books were purchased at a yard sale and have seen better days!)

We feel that it's time to take the next step as a small craft business and secure our own little home on the web. We hope to have you continue to visit us in all of our online haunts including our newest in 2017 and beyond!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Craftsy's BOGO Class Event

Purchase one Craftsy class and get another Craftsy class of equal or lesser value for free! Excludes classes from their Mastering in Minutes series and classes from their partner, The Great Courses. Limit one per user. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Expires January 15, 2017. (This post contains affiliate links. For more on affiliate links please visit my "About" page.)

Make 2017 a year of more creating! Get two classes for the price of one in this unprecedented Craftsy event. Use coupon code BOGOJAN17  at checkout! 
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Friday, 6 January 2017

Rainbow Scrappy Dino Baby Quilt

Hello again! My second blog post today... I'm on fire! ;) Well, it's better than freezing like I was when taking these quilt photos (see previous post for more weather details). Here at long last is a finished scrappy rainbow dino baby quilt!

I got the idea to make this quilt when I was in a quilt bee two years ago and the Queen Bee of the month asked us to make Wonky Star blocks like these ones. I do like those blocks and hope to make one of those quilts one day but they are time consuming. Shortly before that block request I had bought some dinosaur fabric intending to sew something for my Etsy shop. And now, two years later, I finally have. The dinos are in place of the wonky stars.

I tried to place the dinosaurs in different locations on the blocks and make them look like they were talking to each other or checking out some yummy fruit to eat (like the one in the yellow block looking at the bananas.)

The backing is the Lions from Cotton + Steel. Partly because it was a piece of fabric I had that was the right size and it also seemed to be a good fit. Lions are sometimes ferocious like how we imagine dinosaurs were.

There are strawberries on the fabric next to the dinosaur in the red block.

More strawberries in the blue block. If I were a dinosaur I would like strawberries! ;)

 A close-up of the fabrics and the binding. There are 144 three inch blocks in this quilt and 136 different fabrics.

Some oldies but goodies in here! And some brand new fabrics too.

I am thrilled with how this quilt turned out and I hope to make many more beautiful rainbow quilts in 2017! Thanks for stopping by today to see my quilt. :)
This quilt is for sale here.

Sold! Thank you!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart Quilt

Hello! It's a chilly day for quilt photos today let me tell you! Minus 20 Celsius. And since one cannot properly operate a camera in Kombi gloves (the warmest gloves I've ever owned) my little fingers, especially the pinkies, were quite frozen after only a few minutes. Luckily I got some good shots in the five minutes my husband and I were outside!

So here is a finish I have been looking forward to! My Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart quilt. I got the idea for this after seeing this Pixel Apple quilt on Pinterest.

Update: There have been several request for a pattern so I have written one. You can find it on my site here. If you are an EU (European Union) buyer please purchase on Etsy due to VAT tax. This pattern has been priced at $10.00 Canadian. (That's about $7.00 US) You can also find this pattern in my Craftsy Pattern shop.

Here is my husband holding up a big heart for me. Ha ha! He loves me... he loves me not... 

I love it when a plan comes together! I design this I first drew a pixel heart on graph paper by copying other pixel hearts I found on Pinterest. I used the Quilter's Planner graph paper and each square was drawn over four squares. Then I drew the smaller pixel heart inside the big hear. Each square on the graph paper represented a 2" finished square so the larger squares that were drawn over four squares represented a 4" finished square. Does that make sense?

I then just counted all the smaller squares I needed to cut for both black and red fabrics and all the larger squares I needed to cut for the red and cream fabrics and got busy cutting.

This is a Valentine's Day Quilt for my Etsy shop but would also be a great gift for a musician because there are two sheet music fabrics in the background fabrics and some music symbols in the black fabrics.

I love the text fabrics in the black. There's a Carolyn Friedlander Architectextures (is that the right name? I'm forgetting) in there and a newsprint text all about quilting terms.

 Here's a close-up of the background fabrics and the binding. The binding is the Handmade Stripe from Bonnie & Camille's Handmade line for Moda. I bought it from Country Clothesline in her Boxing Day sale but it's sold out now.

The backing is Petite Henna Garden in pink that I bought from Studio 39 Fabrics in her Boxing Day sale and she still has it on sale for $10 CDN a metre. I want to get another quilt back in green!

Close-up of the backing and binding. I love how the binding looks like a barber shop pole.

This quilt is for sale here.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Valentine and Sew Stitchy Baby Quilts

Hello! Happy New Year! I have been sewing my heart out over the holidays while my husband is home to help with the three kiddos. I have two finished baby quilts to show you, two more quilts are basted (see Instagram links at the bottom of this post) and ready to quilt and several more are cut out. Whew!

First up is a sweet little Valentine themed baby quilt.

This quilt top is made entirely of Art Gallery Fabrics which are known among quilters to be very soft to the touch. It is backed with a Riley Blake flannel, also very soft. I used fabrics from four Art Gallery Fabrics designers and they go really well together!

This quilt is available to purchase here.

Here it is in a crib for size reference. I called this one Hearts in the Neighbourhood because the sashing strips have little neighbourhood houses on them.

Then I made a matching table runner/wall hanging out of all the off-cuts from the hearts.

I called this one "Chevron Arrows" for the shapes on it. I like the graphic appeal of it.

I have been cleaning and organizing my house over the holidays and in doing so I located not only the fat quarters used in the projects above but also my collection of "Sew Stitchy" by Aneela Hoey. I am a bit embarrassed to say that I bought these fabrics to "sew something for the shop" in 2013! So here we are in 2017 and I've finally sewn something for the shop.

These fabrics are so adorable! I would love to keep this quilt but my little toddler has so many. And you know... these kids! They always want to be fed! So this quilt is up for sale here.

Close ups of the fabrics. Originally I had thought I might embroider some of them but given that I've had them this long and still haven't done that I don't think that will happen. They do have the look of hand embroidery though.

The entire quilt is made of Sew Stitchy including the backing and the binding.

I love these fabrics so much so I am a bit sad to see them leave my stash but I am happy they are finally made into something that hopefully a little person somewhere will love as much as I do.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I have a Heart lap quilt and a Scrappy Rainbow Dino quilt basted and ready to quilt next.